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The Heart Of A Father

Psalms 27:10 (KJV) When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.

Many of us are blessed with an amazing set of parents who cherish every moment of raising their children. Their love for us will cause them to go above and beyond the call of duty. It is a kind of love that we will never understand until we follow in their footsteps and become parents as well. To hold the child from their very first breaths to watching them take their first steps is enough to joy in itself to last a lifetime. But the joyous moments do not end there. Parents have the later occasions to which they can look forward such as high school and college graduation, marriage, career progression, and eventually becoming grandparents. What a thrill it must be to be a parent!

Unfortunately, this is not always how the story goes. In some cases, there are some people that should not be parents at all. It is not because they are people with negative characteristics, but they just do not have that knack for parenting. Then, there are those who do possess negative characteristics that affect their ability to raise a child in a loving and nurturing environment. In the end, the child usually ends up suffering. In many cases, it can affect the child’s perspective of their worth and value as members of a world into which they never asked to be born.

Understanding The Text

In both scenarios, the children are innocent people who are the recipients of adult behaviors. Some good experiences and relationships. Others, on the other hand, are less desirable. But there is one common variable that brings a ray of light and hope for a better life that both sets of children share: the opportunity to be welcomed into the family of God. Upon our acceptance of Christ as our Lord and Savior, this is exactly what happens. God takes us and makes us His own children. His Holy Spirit refashions us into the image of His own Son, Jesus Christ, regardless of our upbringing.

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons and daughters of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Jn. 1:12).

Why Is This Important To Us?

This is important to us because as children of the Most High King and Sovereign Lord of all creation, no person will ever go without the tender loving hands and heart of a Father Who will love them with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3). The Apostle John exclaims, “Behold, what manner of the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons and daughters of God…” (1 Jn. 3:1). His love for us goes beyond human comprehension, and therefore, can not be communicated effectively by any descriptive words. It is such a powerful love that it caused Him to offer up His very own Son that we might be able to participate in this same love (Jn. 3:16). No other motive other than simply wanting to lavish us with this love.

Conclusion

What a great opportunity! We are all given an opportunity that is even greater than having been born into what we define as a “good family”. We have the assurance that if we accept the Heavenly Father’s invitation to become a part of His family, He will take us up as His very own (Ps. 27:10). This is a life worth living! This is a chance worth taking! In the end, what do we have to lose by giving Him and His love a try?

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